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WICK­LOW COM­PARED TO NORTH KOREA BY BRAY WAN­DER­ERS CHAIR­MAN

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TWO bizarre state­ments re­leased by chair­man of Bray Wan­der­ers FC, Gerry Mul­vey, likened Wick­low to North Korea throw­ing the club into ridicule.

In a state­ment re­leased last Thurs­day Mr Mul­vey con­firmed that the be­lea­guered club is ‘fi­nan­cially sta­ble for the fore­see­able fu­ture’ ad­ding it has ‘a vi­sion for the fu­ture un­ri­valled by any other foot­ball club in Ire­land’.

All very pos­i­tive sound­ing. How­ever he then said ‘Wick­low County has un­for­tu­nately now at­tained the ac­co­lade of be­ing the North Korea of Ire­land for busi­ness’ be­fore say­ing that ‘ like all sup­pressed peo­ple, they will even­tu­ally revolt, a rev­o­lu­tion of foot­ball is go­ing to start and Bray Wan­der­ers will be the lead­ers not just for Wick­low but for Ire­land in this revolt’.

He ques­tioned why Ire­land can’t pro­duce great foot­ball tal­ent any more be­fore promis­ing that Bray Wan­der­ers ‘is go­ing to an­swer the ques­tions and solve this prob­lem’.

He went onto say that ‘we are go­ing to give Wick­low and Ire­land some­thing to be proud of where there will be an academy to ri­val the best in the world.’

Mr Mul­vey con­tin­ued by say­ing the club is in ‘pre­lim­i­nary ne­go­ti­a­tions to buy a new ground’ be­fore say­ing the club ‘will be seek­ing from Wick­low County Coun­cil the re­zon­ing of the land in The Carlisle grounds with the de­vel­op­ment pro­ceeds used to fund the con­struc­tion of what will be the best academy and sport­ing grounds in the coun­try’.

He said ‘when you op­er­ate in North Korea th­ese op­tions are dif­fi­cult to achieve’ but he said the club would suc­ceed.

‘Even­tu­ally when we have suc­ceeded in our vi­sion cre­at­ing the best cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in Ire­land...cre­at­ing the best pro­duc­tion line of play­ers in Ire­land, we will hand the fa­cil­ity and sus­tain­able busi­ness over to a trust who will pro­tect the club and the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Wick­low and Ire­land long after our col­lec­tive life­times’.

Con­clud­ing Mr Mul­vey quoted Gha­nian writer and teacher Ernest Agye­mang Ye­boah, author of Dis­tinc­tive Foot­prints in Life, say­ing ‘fear has no place in Bray Wan­der­ers’.

Less than 24 hours later and Mr Mul­vey had sur­passed his ini­tial state­ment in terms of bizarreness and dropped an­other mis­sive claim­ing the first state­ment had brought them na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pub­lic­ity liken­ing the club to the men and women of 1916 who had fought for Ir­ish free­dom.

Again he likened Wick­low to North Korea when it came to busi­ness say­ing ‘it is an im­pos­si­ble place to do busi­ness or suc­ceed’ say­ing ‘ the gar­den of Ire­land has a ter­ri­ble record of gen­er­at­ing real busi­ness’.

He claimed ‘peo­ple are afraid to spend their money on a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in Wick­low for any­thing as it’s feared it’s a waste of money’ re­fer­ring to the re­cent de­ci­sion by the coun­cil re­fus­ing de­vel­oper Johnny Ro­nan per­mis­sion to build a €50m sports ho­tel in En­niskerry.

He went onto say that ‘ busi­nesses refuse to look at Wick­low for in­vest­ment as they know how dif­fi­cult a place it is to op­er­ate.’ He said the ‘neg­a­tiv­ity em­a­nat­ing from Coun­cil de­ci­sions is ...with­out doubt the worst in Ire­land. North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, with the best pro­pa­ganda ma­chine, couldn’t undo the sheer neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion as­so­ci­ated with Wick­low for busi­ness.’

Mr Mul­vey then turned his anger on Wick­low politi­cians claim­ing they had done lit­tle to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the de­vel­op­ment of Wick­low say­ing ‘ there is so much more ne­glect in Wick­low that needs ad­dress­ing’.

‘ The peo­ple in Wick­low are tired of be­ing ne­glected and if they had five Jackie Healy Rae’s who would fi­nally get them some real re­sults, I think the cur­rent es­tab­lish­ment would re­alise their cushy num­bers would not be so cushy.’

Mr Mul­vey said the club in­tends to in­vite coun­cil­lors and coun­cil staff as well as the county’s five TD’s to visit a train­ing academy in Eng­land to see how they are pro­duc­ing qual­ity play­ers.

He made ref­er­ence to, what he termed ‘cyn­i­cal com­men­tary’ fol­low­ing his ini­tial state­ment but vowed not to give up.

‘Should the mar­tyrs of 1916 have laid down their arms in first few hours of the rev­o­lu­tion when they were be­ing laughed at, just gave up and left Ire­land un­der the con­trol of the Bri­tish?’

Once again he said that the new club, once es­tab­lished, would be handed over to a trust in favour of the peo­ple of Wick­low.

‘Some Coun­cil mem­bers have im­me­di­ately shot down our pro­pos­als and would rather leave Wick­low sport in the same way they have left Ark­low with no sewage treat­ment plant. In sum­mer the smell and sight from the river (in Ark­low) is dis­gust­ing. That is what Coun­cil want Wick­low foot­ball to re­sem­ble - the ex­cre­ment and dis­gust­ing state of the river in Ark­low.’

He vowed to con­tinue to de­velop a new club grounds say­ing ‘we do not have ac­cept it any­more. We will de­velop this fa­cil­ity and put in place a long term plan to deal with the long term fi­nan­cial fu­ture for the de­vel­op­ment of the club, col­lec­tive Wick­low teams and maybe wider afield in Ire­land.’

He said the club couldn’t hand it over in trust now be­cause ‘if we did it now the club would fold fi­nan­cially within days and there would be no club and no po­ten­tial cen­tre of ex­cel­lence.’

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